Explore the Mather like never before!

Have you ever wondered what it was really like to live and work on the Mather? Walk the catwalk like the Chief Engineer did and be sure to look down over the workings of the ship. Learn all about how the ship (and her crew) changed over time until her retirement in 1980. Walk below the deck as you explore the inner workings of a steam engine and stand beside the propeller shaft in the depths of the ship! See the dark hold, the pump deck, Stack casing, the anchor windlass and more! Space is limited and advance reservations required. (Walk-up registrants are not allowed.) Register here.

Monthly behind-the-scenes tours run from 9-11 a.m. on the follow days:

May 20th
June 24th
July 22nd
August 26th
September 23rd

Register today!


Important Information Regarding Behind-the-Scenes Hard Hat Tours

  • Tours will happen rain or shine, please dress accordingly. Guests must be able to traverse steep stairs and catwalks, ascend and descend step ladders, and crouch.
  • Closed toed, closed heeled, athletic or walking shoes or boots required.
  • For safety reasons, guests must be at least 10 years (fourth grade) or older.
  • Guests will be given hard hats and safety glasses to wear during the tour, both of which must be returned to GLSC at the end of the tour.

Price: $25 per/person, $20 for members. Includes General Admission and admission to the Steamship Mather after the tour.

Please note this tour is not recommended for children or individuals with mobility issues.

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations must be made in writing, 48 hours in advance. Full refund provided for cancellations made at least 48 hours in advance. No refunds provided for no-shows, same day cancellations or cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance. Great Lakes Science Center reserves the right to cancel tours based upon low attendance as well as combine groups to meet required numbers.